Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from numerous scout units across Bullitt County will be collecting canned goods and other non-perishable food on Saturday, November 17.
Many scouts walked neighborhoods to place informational flyers on doors this past Saturday. Some units may also place signs along main roads or at subdivision entrances to increase public awareness and remind folks to donate. This Saturday, those scouts will be returning to those same neighborhoods to collect food donations.
Residents are asked to place non-perishable items such as canned goods, cereal, peanut butter, crackers, rice, and other dry foods in a box or grocery bag on their front porch by 9 AM. With over 10,000 homes to visit in the Shepherdsville area, scouts will begin collecting at 9 AM and some units will work throughout the day to cover their assigned territories. Scouts may not reach some neighborhoods until late afternoon.
If someone wishes to donate and their home is not visited or somehow gets missed, donations may be dropped off anytime before 6 PM on Saturday at the Shepherdsville Community Center, 176 Frank E. Simon Avenue. Donors may also call Troop 868 Scoutmaster Bob Meek (681-4285) to arrange for scouts to make a special pick-up.
The SCOUTING FOR FOOD canned goods drive is an annual event for area scouts. Troop 868 and most of the other units take all food collected in Bullitt County to food pantries that serve Bullitt County families. Many donors like to know that their donations help local families.
Cub Scouting is a program for boys in elementary grades 1 through 5. Boy Scouting is for boys in middle or high school. Boys from any school may visit and join any pack or troop of their choosing or transfer to a different unit if the one they initially joined isn't meeting their expectations.
While many units conduct their major recruiting efforts in August or September, boys can join the program any time during the year. Scoutmaster Meek of Shepherdsville Troop 868 would be happy to speak with parents interested in learning more about the Scouting program and help them get connected with a unit in their area. He can be reached at 964-5270 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.